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Rallying For Modi

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he chants in support of Narendra Modi, by an almost 2-lakhs strong crowd in the Rewari Rally this Sunday, must have been heard in the corridors of power in Delhi. Even the local BJP unit, which organized the ex-servicemen’s rally, seemed surprised by the huge gathering that had come from across Haryana, and even neighbouring Rajasthan. The anointment of Modi, a day before the Rally, as BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate, played a part. People from all walks of life, including farmers, political workers and in a large measure, exservicemen, had come to see

and listen to the man who is being dubbed as the future Prime Minister of India. Perhaps no other leader in recent times has been able to attract the masses in such large numbers, and convince them that their salvation lies in his elevation to the top post of the country. A weak and indecisive Prime Minister, a government embroiled in scandals, rising inflation and the poor state of the economy have disenchanted the public with UPA and the Congress. The majority of the people in the Rally echoed this statement: “We want change and a leadership that is decisive and takes action, rather than one that waits for things to happen”, asserted Ved Partap, who

had come all the way from Ellanabad, the constituency of Ch Om Prakash Chautala. A strong supporter of INLD, Partap says that this time he is going to vote for Modi (BJP) in the Lok Sabha polls. A large majority of Modi supporters, and those who are on the fringe, cite his work in Gujarat, his able administration and

“I want to give one chance to this man. I want India to assert itself and be a strong nation before I die”

swift decision making as the reasons for supporting him and the BJP. There is also a group of people who believe that Modi’s arrival on the national scene will also help India in asserting itself effectively as a nation; there is a feeling that we are currently being cowed down by both big and small neighbours. Perhaps this was the reason why Modi evoked the maximum cheers at the Rally when he said that the problem is not on our borders but in Delhi, where the government is indecisive. Taking a jibe at the UPA government, Modi said that India was being challenged by China on the border, not because our soldiers were weak but because of a weak Centre. He

also criticized the mishandling, by the UPA government, of the killing of our soldiers on the Line of Control by Pakistan. “If you don’t want to shed tears for our dead then don’t, but at least don’t mock them,” asserted Modi, to thunderous applause. Vijay Singh Yadav, whose family has been a staunch Congress supporter, said that these were the answers that people have been looking for from the UPA government. “I have come from Panipat along with a couple of friends, only to listen to him and understand the ‘Modi phenomenon’. I am satisfied with what he is saying, and would vote for him,” he says. Contd on p 6 


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Anniversary Celebrations @ Kingdom of Dreams, Sector 29 Date: Up to September 29

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s part of its 3rd anniversary celebrations, KOD presents an entertainment extravaganza with plenty of activities – Bollywood musicals Jhumroo and Zangoora, delectable treats at Culture Gully and a meeting with popular wrestling superstar ‘Ryback’ from WWE.

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Run Running And Living to the Reebok Fit Hub @ Gate No. 2, Leisure Valley Date: September 22 Time: 5:30 am

condensed, hilarious, fast-paced parody of all the Bard's works, performed by 3 actors with the help of tacky costumes, wigs and whacky props! Highlights include (but are not limited to): a presentation of Shakespeare’s dark and brooding tragedy―Othello―as a rap song; all of Shakespeare’s tragedies covered in a football game; and Hamlet performed backwards.Directed by: Karam Vir Lamba Tickets: Rs. 150 to 350

by Rohan & Group, Harpal Ladda, Jas Wadhwa, Abhijeet Sawant and Amrinder Gill.

with delicious appetisers that guarantee a perfect evening.

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he 5k and 10k runs will start from the main parking lot at Gate #2 of Leisure Valley. 
The route : via Crowne Plaza Hotel, and RITES and Westin Hotel - MG Road service road - MGF Mall - Reebok FIT Hub. Get a taste of a fitness experience at the Hub and make your way back to Leisure Valley.

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Theatre The Undoing @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: September 27 Time: 7:30 pm Tickets: Rs. 500, Rs. 400 & Rs. 300

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irected by Niti Sayeed, the Play explores the life of Muslim women. It tells the story of three women from varied socio-economic, political and cultural backgrounds, grappling with the issues of religion and gender in their own ways. Cast includes Niti Sayeed, Madeeha Sadaf, Zeeshan Hasan Akhtar, Gaurav, Himanshu Srivastava and others. 



Theatre The Compleat Works of Wlm Shakespeare (Abridged) @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: September 22 Time: 7:30 pm

Nightlife Friday Fever @ Howzatt, Galaxy Hotel, Sector 15, Part II, NH 8 Date: Up to September 27 Time: 8:30 pm onwards

Music & Dance Show Grand Finale of Unique Star @ Huda Gymkhana Club Sec29, Sector 29 Date: September 28 Time: 6:00 pm onwards

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he finale of the Music and Dance Show includes performances

hink Friday, think fun! Have a rollicking time as the in-house DJs bring you peppy numbers so you can party hard.

Nightlife Oktoberfest 2013 @ 7 Degrees Brauhaus, South Point Mall, Golf Course Road Date: Up to October 6 Time: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

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et an authentic taste of the traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest. Take in the Bavarian culture, cuisine and the Oktoberfest beer, along with the festivities. An extravaganza with a grand opening ceremony, live acts, comedy nights, special offers, games and entertainment and many more surprises.

Nightlife Sizzling Saturdays @ Cherry Bar, Kempinski Ambience Hotel, NH8 Date: September 21 Time: 9:00 pm

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Rockstar Eve @ TCK Lounge, Radisson Blu Suites Hotel, Block B, Sushant Lok Phase 1 Date: Up to September 27 Time: 7:30 pm to midnight

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Karaoke evening every Friday, where all budding rockstars and bathroom singers can come and sing their hearts out. Kick start the weekend by crooning your favourite numbers.

Nightlife Femme Night @ Club Rhino, South Point Mall, Golf Course Road Date: Up to December 25 (Wednesdays) Time: 9:00 pm onwards

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n unlimited fun night for all the femme fatales. Party hard till late with DJ Tripti as she spins out a freaky mix of party hits.

Nightlife Retro Thursdays @ Turquoise Cottage, JMD Regent Square, DLF City Phase 2 Date: Up to October 31 Time: 9:00 pm to 12:30 am

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Food Restaurant of Joy @ Amaranta, The Oberoi Hotel, Udyog Vihar Phase 5 Date: Up to September 30 Time: 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm; 7:30 pm to Midnight

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he Indian Coastal restaurant is hosting a delightful Bengali Food Festival titled “Restaurant of Joy”. From the subtly flavoured dishes of Thakurbadi cuisine to the delicious food found on Park Street, the Festival brings the best and the most authentic of Bengali cuisine.
 Chef Gopal prepares a delightful menu featuring Kosha Mangsho, Shorshe Illish and other authentic Bengali recipes.



Conference Project Management National Conference 2013 @ The Leela Kempinski Hotel, NH8 Date: September 27 & 28 Time:
9:00 am to 10:30 pm

Workshop Cloisonné On Fine Silver Jewellery @ Sanskriti Kendra, Anand Gram, MG Road Date:
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Workshop by Mumbai based artist Kana Lomror. Participants will be introduced to the rarely used Cloisonné technique—with vitreous enamels on fine silver—and will also be taught the cutting of shapes out of raw silver sheets, drilling holes and putting rings and hooks to make readyto-wear jewellery.

Workshop Theatre Workshop @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: Up to December Time: 6:00 pm onwards

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f the acting bug has bitten you, get treated by well-known actor, director and storyteller Imran Khan, in a Theatre Workshop. The Workshop will be conducted in two batches: Batch I - for children between 6-9 years (sessions every Friday); Batch II - for children between 10-13 years (sessions every Saturday). The Workshop will be followed by the final production on 15th December 2013. 



Workshop Journey Towards Empowerment @ Zorba The Buddha, Tropical Drive, MG Road Date:
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two-day professional development Event being conducted by Project Management Institute (PMI) India. The theme of this year’s Conference is "Project Management - Bringing Certainty in Uncertain Times". Key Speakers addressing the Event are: Shashi Tharoor MoS, Human Resource Development; Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission; Nandan Nilekani, Chairman (UIDAI); Deep Kalra, Founder and CEO Makemytrip.com; Swamy Sukhabodhananda, Corporate Guru and others. The Conference provides an opportunity for students and Project Management Practitioners across industries, government, academia and NGOs to exchange ideas on the challenges and emerging trends in projects that are contributing to national objectives.

Music Gautam Ghosh Collective @ Indian Grill Room, Third Floor, Suncity Business Tower, Golf Course Road Date:
September 22 Time:
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elebrating the 6th Global Oneness Day 2013, the internationally acclaimed World Jazz trio, Gautam Ghosh Collective, comes live. The high-energy Jazzbased world music trio features Gautam Ghosh, the creative head and founder; Vikas Gautam, the principal soloist and Siddharth Das, the technical head.

with mixed media in layers to create a visual depth and interplay of light and colour.

Exhibition Timeless Collection @ Fabindia, Shop No.3&4, Sector 15, Part II, HUDA Urban Estate, NH8 Date: September 20 to 29 Time:
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n Exhibition of saris and jewellery. Select from a wide range of Banarsi, Chanderi, Maheshwari and silk sarees or opt for timeless jewellery.

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n International Workshop based on the 'heal your life' philosophy, by Louise Hay.

Art 
 Mystical Expressions @ Beanstalk, Galaxy Hotel Shopping Spa, Sector 15, Part II, NH 8 Date: Up to October 03 Time:
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collection of recent artworks of Neeti Agarwal. The Artist works

Cinema Fresh Air (Hungarian) @ Epicentre, Apparel House,

Sector 44 Date:
September 24 Time:
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his Hungarian film revolves around Viola, a beautiful woman and her relationship with her mother. The Film is directed by Ágnes Kocsis. 



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20-26 September 2013

THE WEEK THAT WAS  Narendra Modi addresses a massive Rally at Rewari on Sunday.  Sumit Bhuttan is found not guilty, by the Court, for the death of his wife Ruchi Bhuttan. She was found hanging in her apartment about 2 years ago. The family says they will appeal to the High Court.  Gurgaon Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ravneet Garg, is transferred. He has been questioned over the death (alleged murder) of his wife, recently.  Punjab & Haryana High Court asks the State to remove all liquor vends from around highways.  Union Minister for Highways, Oscar Fernandes, visits the Toll Plaza, Hero Chowk and travels down NH8 towards the KMP Expressway – promises solutions by end September.  Haryana Govt puts out the draft of a comprehensive Parking Policy - for residential, commercial, industrial and institutional establishments.  Govt School teachers will now not have to do Block Level Officer (BLO) duty.  Vishwakarma Day is celebrated with Puja, on the 17th.

 A 28-year-old woman is shot dead in the Rajender Park area; her brother in law is the suspect.  3 colleagues are held for the gang-rape of a female guard.  The Police start an identity check and fingerprinting drive for auto drivers.  The Vigilance Dept. catches 2 constables taking bribe; 37 Traffic Policemen asked to go on forced leave – without pay - for lapse in duty.  A wanted criminal, with a Rs 25,000 reward on his head, is caught; a gang of 5 robbers is caught with stolen vehicles; burglars flee with Rs 20 lakhs and gold, taken from an apartment in Meditech Society, Sector 56; 2 employees of a financial firm are booked for stealing Rs 4 lakhs plus; a software firm executive and his accomplices are held for vehicle theft; an Indigo car is snatched; a servant flees with Rs 50,000, in Badshahpur; 3 people, posing as passengers, snatch an auto from its driver; a Toll employee flees with Rs 22,000 cash.  Sarpanch and 9 others are held for a Panchayat land fraud, near Kherki Daula.  Sector 31 Polyclinic to open next month.  70 are elected unopposed in the elections to QERWA (Qutab Enclave – DLF Phase I).  Power bill defaulters will now get a ‘red’ coloured power bill.  There is a fire at the Maruti. Manesar, Powertrain Plant.  CCTV cameras are installed at Shankar Chowk – will next be put up at IFFCO Chowk.

 A labourer falls to his death from the 12th floor of an under construction building in Sector 85; 2 labourers are crushed under sand, and die, while constructing a sewerage drain.  A 19-year-old domestic help stabs and kills a 62-year-old woman and then jumps from the 3rd floor to escape – is caught.

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A decision has been taken – jointly by the Centre and State - to construct a 6-lane flyover that will go over the Hero Honda Chowk area, so as to take care of the traffic problems at that site. It will take a year and a half and will cost about Rs 100 crores. Bars in Gurgaon will soon be allowed to remain open till 1 am (versus midnight currently), by paying a fee of Rs 5 lakhs. The decision for midnight (from 2am earlier) was taken due to many crimes having taken place in and around the bars. It seems everything – even the security of women - has a price in this City (and State). And Commercial Agencies rule over Security Agencies. We just don’t learn; or will learn at a very high cost from a local Nirbhaya tragedy.

Haryanvi Made Easy Get a taste of the local lingo 1. Have you seen the new AC buses? Tanne new AC bus dekhi se? 2. They look very comfortable. Bahut ghaane aaram dehn aali laage se. 3. I have not been in one yet. Main ib tayin ek baar bhi na baitha hun. 4. I would like to try going in one. Main ek bey jaana chahun sun. 5. Which stop do they come at? Kaunsa adda pe aave se? 6. Where are the bus stops? Adda to se a na?

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onam Kapoor was spotted in the City for a launch event at Pullman Gurgaon Central Park. Sonam looked resplendent in a bright orange saree, and said she was happy to visit Gurgaon.

Club5 Goes Oriental

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lub5, a part of DLF5, launched a speciality restaurant, The Oriental Terrace, followed by an Event. The highlight of the evening was a Comedy Show by renowned comedian Papa CJ, which left the fully-packed house spellbound. The Restaurant was inaugurated by Aakash Ohri, Executive Director, DLF.

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t an Event in the City, Golfer Shiv Kapur announced the kick-off of the Ballantine’s TeamAm Golf Challenge, the fourth Amateur International Tournament for Indian Club golfers, to be held in Hanoi in October. The Premier Series brings together 120 amateur golfers, to compete in a challenging team format.

Happy Mums at Work

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harat Bhramar and Ishreen Vadi of Shri Sai Entertainment, at an event held at Hotel Haut Monde, announced the commencement of the Grooming Sessions of ECNON Haut Monde Mrs. India World Wide Season 3. Actor Ashmit Patel was present to encourage the participants.

s a part of their Happy Families platform to engage the whole family, Mums At Work organised a series of events – expert sessions on parenting, career, personal and social counselling for children and a showcase by an Indian Music Club. There were storytelling sessions, games, fun and a lot of laughter.

A Matter of the Heart

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edanta (Medicity), in association with Consus Foundation, organised a free Heart Care Awareness cum Check-up Camp at Hariyahera Village, District Gurgaon. The day-long Event was held under the Healthy Heart Initiative of Consus Foundation and Medanta’s World Heart Day Campaign. Doctors at the Camp gave free consultation to more than 200 people of the Village. Medanta provided free ECG tests to more than 50 villagers. A group of doctors, nurses and medical technicians also conducted a Comprehensive Health Check up.

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30-member Japanese delegation visited Rockland Manesar Hospital to explore collaboration possibilities with the Group. The delegation included Dr. Shuzo Yamamoto, Honorary Chairman of Japan Hospital Association and top management representatives from well-known medical equipment companies.

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oted Irish Rock Band U2 were in the City to perform at a nightclub, as part of Seagram’s 100 Pipers - Tribute Tour Series. The Show, ‘Elevation -The U2 Experience’, had the crowds going crazy as the Band performed all their popular numbers. U2—comprising Stuart (Bono), Alan (The Edge), Tony (Adam) and Mark (Larry)—had plans to visit India Gate the following day.


06  Contd from p 1 Referring to the division of society, for vote gathering, Modi said that politics has divided Indian society into so many sections. “If these ‘secular’ leaders want to learn secularism, they should learn from our soldiers, who come from all backgrounds and work together for our nation,” said Modi, amidst applause. With his views and passion, Modi seemed to be able to channelise the latent frustration among the people to his benefit. Political watchers opine that if BJP keeps a united front, and supports Modi, he could bring the party back to power. Vijay Bishnoi from Sirsa, and a strong supporter of Kuldip Bishnoi, whose Haryana Janhit Congress is in alliance with the BJP in the State, says that Modi is the future of the country. “We want a rich and prosperous India, which is strong and growing. The people want strong leadership,” he says. He also asserts that local political affiliations notwithstanding, the rural belt of Haryana is going to vote for Modi this time. Brand Modi is slowly gaining strength, and the legend is getting so powerful that many in the audience said that they had come all the way to see him in person even though they did not have any allegiance to the BJP. Traditional Congress and INLD supporters from rural Alwar, Bhiwadi, Sonipat, Panipat, Sirsa and even distant Hissar had come to listen to Modi. While a majority of them were noncommittal about the local polls, they were clear in saying that they would vote for Modi in the Lok Sabha elections. “We have come here to send a message to Delhi, that the day is not far when the Congress-led UPA will be uprooted for non-performance and corruption. We farmers have been ruined because of the policies of the State. We want a new leadership,” said Hemraj Sheoran, a resident of Ellanabad. Another 80-yearold ex-serviceman, who was walking out of the Rally in the middle of Modi’s speech, said that his goal had been achieved as he had seen Modi personally. “I want to give one chance to this man. I want India to assert itself and be a strong nation before I die,” he said, preferring anonymity. Modi’s message is reaching out to both the masses as well as classes in the country. While rural India identifies with his rustic background, which he talked of in the Rally, corporate India is pitching for Modi because of his ability to

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deliver on infrastructure and for creating an atmosphere for industrial growth. Corporate professionals see in Modi a leader who has transformed Gujarat, given it great infrastructure and ensured that bureaucracy delivers. Rajesh Agarwal, a businessman, said, “Unless the vested interests, which have become too entrenched, are removed, change is not going to come to this country,” he says.

How Gurgaon Sees Modi

Modi, who is often described as an urban phenomenon, got massive support from the farmers and ‘faujis’ in Haryana during the Rewari Rally. Friday Gurgaon decided to also speak to a cross-section of urban Gurgaonites, to know what they felt about his leadership, his elevation as top BJP candidate and the ‘polarizing’ nature of his politics. What came out in the discussion made it apparent that, more than anything, people want a change in the political leadership of the country. Gurgaon residents say that they are fed-up with the unending corruption, scams, brutal crimes and an indecisive government, which has not been able to get its act together on many fronts - economic, social and political. Gurgaonites are also aware that Modi does not have a magic wand and the problems afflicting the country will not become invisible when he assumes power, but everyone wants to give him a chance to rule. Even those who have not been great supporters of the BJP are not averse to supporting the party if it is led by Modi. Although the Gujarat riots have made people skeptical about Modi’s role as a national leader, many feel that this time it is all about leadership. “I think it is not about supporting the Congress or BJP today.

“I have come from Panipat along with a couple of friends, only to listen to him and understand the ‘Modi phenomenon’. I am satisfied with what he is saying, and would vote for him”

We need a leader who has the ability to lead from the front and communicate well. Modi surely knows how to reach out to the common people, with his strong views and beliefs on various issues - may be that is why he connects with them (be it young students or retired army men),” says Gurgaon based Anjana Dhoot. She also says that connecting with people has been his mantra of success in Gujarat. Bijeta Thapa, a young Gurgaon based professional, says that Modi looks like the big change that India is looking forward to. “I don’t know how much he’ll be able to achieve, because the current government is making every effort to dig holes for him, but definitely we look forward to a new set of people who do not think that India is their

inheritance. This time the current government will have to bid adieu to power for a long time,” asserts Thapa. While supporting Modi, Thapa also suggests that Modi should refrain from giving a push to the right wing Hindu agenda, and should not support fundamentalists. Mridula Virmani, a Gurgaon resident who has stayed abroad for a long time, sees Modi as too conservative. “I am very secular and feel that he is not the face that I will like modern India to be represented by, especially when we have such smart, intelligent, wellarticulated Indians representing global firms as CEOs,” says Virmani. She however wants to give due credit to Modi for bringing development and growth in Gujarat, even as many other Indian states are struggling to keep pace. Mahua Hazra, a spiritual trainer, says that no doubt Narendra Modi is an able and a dedicated administrator, and he is a master in personal branding, but today India truly needs a leader who goes beyond the magnetic pull of power and ‘meness’ - someone who can impact without authority and rule without a crown. Preeta Pradhan, a corporate professional, sees Modi’s elevation as BJP’s choice of a candidate who has a following across the nation and the gumption to take on the big-wigs. Describing him as a sharp and shrewd leader, Pradhan says that it would have been more apt for Modi to share how he plans to tackle the problems in India or what he would do differently. “I also think he has a narrow outlook and incites polarisation, which is difficult to overlook,” she asserts. But the people, she says, are handicapped by the lack of options, as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is still too weak, and the rest of the political class is the same as the Congress/BJP – if not worse. There are also some

in the City who are not yet clear about their preferences. Kiran Chaturvedi, an entrepreneur, says, “I do not know much about him as a leader, but no doubt lots of people in urban circles think he is the best thing for India now. Also, a lot of first-time voters, the youth, favour him,” she says. Socialite Shalini Arora Kocchar is very clear. “I think it will be a welcome change from the inertia that we’ve seen from the current ruling party, both on the economy and policy side. The hope and belief is that Modi will be able to replicate the Gujarat model, to positively transform many other parts of India,” she says. Like her, Shiva Arya is an absolute supporter for Modi at the Centre, and for Kejriwal in Delhi. The number of supporters is ever increasing for Modi, and Vaibhav Dhingra, a Gurgaon resident, also believes that at a time when no other leader looks like he can deliver the goods, it would be apt to give Modi a chance. He also opines that the time has come for India to get away from the hegemony of the Gandhi family. Henry Moirang, Sinha Choudhury, Pratyush Sahay and a number of Gurgaon youth also are all for Modi, because of his tough stand against Pakistan, good work in Gujarat and ability to bond with the common man. “Well, of the lot he looks the best; as a state Gujarat has prospered, and also as a leader he seems strong and assertive. And on polarization, why only blame him, when every one in this country is playing politics with caste and religion. I am going for an individual and not a party,” says Choudhury. With Rahul Gandhi not ready to lead the Congress bandwagon, and preferring to call the shots from behind, it has definitely given an edge to Modi - who is not only calling the shots but also taking potshots at the UPA, while steadily piloting himself` to the Centre. u


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urgaon roads are becoming living nightmares. I travel to Delhi everyday. MG Road was my route to South Delhi, as I live in DLF Phase II. For the past month this Road has been fit only for bullock carts. The point of entry to Gurgaon, Sikandarpur crossing, is a total mess. The diversions and the random blockages make travelling in the City a daunting task - even for the most experienced drivers. The authorities, to every one’s horror, decided that they needed to repair the roads while the monsoon was still raging. Even a child in school would have advised them to wait for the rains to stop. It is a sad situation when the civic agencies try to deceive people. The tax payers’ money is being washed down the drain… or into the contractors’ pockets. Besides, the Agencies have no co-ordination. In many areas the colony service lanes are turning into main thoroughfares for commuters. The Golf Course Road is in a super mess. It has been dug up in totality; it would have been better if the work had been done in phases. The traffic jams all over could have been avoided. There have been some really unpleasant experiences. I know of a pregnant woman who is virtually under housearrest. The deep caters in the roads around her home make it hazardous for her to go outside. Personally, I am having to wear a neck collar, because the car ride now resembles a camel ride. I am spending more on fuel and time, as I have to take the Highway to Delhi. Instead of the City luring investors I have a suspicion that many would stay away, if they just even briefly experience such chaos. Who is responsible for the mess? Will Gurgaon become a gaon again, despite the high rises?u Sujata Goenka

Abuse of the Challenged { Prabha Prabhakar Bharadwaj }

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rom time immemorial there have been persons born with mental disabilities. The oldest physiological view of mental retardation is in the writings of Hippocrates in the late fifth century BC. In the past there were no specific organisations taking care of these individuals in a structured manner - the families managed these children in their own way. Gradually this condition was recognised and terms developed to describe it. The terms ‘mental retardation’ and ‘mentally retarded’ were ‘invented’ in the middle of the 20th. century. Over time these terms have also been considered offensive. Currently ‘intellectually’ or ‘mentally challenged’ are the expressions widely

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accepted. The World health Organisation continues to use the term mental retardation as synonymous with intellectual disability. For a lay person this condition means that the child has significantly impaired cognitive functioning. In the 18th–19th century the care of such children shifted from families to institutions like churches, where the basic needs of food, clothing, housing and fundamental education were provided. Today special Homes for these children have been established. Gurgaon has several such Homes being run by individuals and national and international NGOs. Most such Homes are functioning because of the endless voluntary efforts of responsible citizens, and the ‘Aid’ received from individuals, foundations, the corporate

world and governments. Unfortuantely, there are many cases of sexual exploitation of mentally challenged girls. Sexual abuse becomes worse in the case of the mentally challenged because they do not know or understand, nor have the will to stop this. Usually the criminals are trusted persons - family members or caretakers - the very people on whom they depend for their day to day living. The victims lack the capability of recalling and narrating their experiences. Thus in most cases the abuse goes on undetected. It is time the people running such institutions woke up; if they are complicit, they should be dealt with as hardened criminals.u

A Memorable Experience

his time, as a special piece, I am writing on a personal experience involving Ms. Bharti Arora, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Gurgaon. It so happened that on 05 Sept 2013, our School Headmistress Ms Neelu Sharma and I were going to Manav Rachna International University, on Suraj Kund Road. At about 10.30 am we got caught in a massive traffic jam near Ghata Village extension Road, which hits the GurgaonFaridabad Road at a T-junction, Having realized that the traffic may not ease for the next couple of hours, I attempted to speak to Ms. Bharti Arora on her mobile – since I have the number. She picked up my call immediately and I explained the problem. Within the next about 10 minutes we saw a good number of Traffic Police – both male and female - arrive, and within 15 minutes the traffic flow had resumed. This timely and prompt action by this Police officer impressed me. The next day I sent her the under-mentioned SMS: “Dear Ms Bharti Arora (JCP-Traffic)

I had rung you up around 10.30 am yesterday from my other phone 9810832753, informing you of the massive traffic jam on Gurgaon-Faridabad Road. You took fast action & the jam was liquidated in good time. My sincere appreciation for your reaction. I suppose this must come out in all leading Newspapers. Madam, I am an Administrator in Manav Rachna International School, Sector 46 - very near from your office. In case you feel okay, I can come & meet you. May be you will find the meeting useful. Warm regards Maj NK Gadeock” - 06.49, Sep 6th. I immediately got her reply as under: “Sure. you can come today at 12.30 or on Monday.” - 07.13, Sep 6th. I replied: “Thanks. I will be there today at 12.30 PM” - 08.39 Sep 6th. I was there in the office of JCP (Traffic) at 12.25 pm and sent in my business card. Sharp at 12.30 pm I was called in and had a good 5 to 7 minutes talk with her, wherein I shared with her my international and national experience on Traffic Management. She offered me to become

an RSO - Road Safety Officer, which I accepted with great pleasure. There are about two dozen RSOs functioning under the able guidance and supervision of JCP (Traffic) and Police Commissioner, Gurgaon. I have opted to help in curtailing drunken driving. On 14/15 September night, in the company of Vedant Koshal, we did successfully challan a good number of drivers and were also successful in taming a few self-proclaimed local “goons”. For hours they kept on talking to God knows whom, but finally had to submit to the law. The Traffic Police are doing a commendable job and deserve our praises and sincere appreciation. We are confident that our mission, with the joint efforts and co-operation of the Police and the citizens, shall definitely bring a change in our great City. God bless. Maj (Retd) NK Gadeock Manav Rachna International School, Sector 46, Gurgaon., Mob #9711170156.


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t is a refreshing sight – a college student prepares mortar while her two friends nicely spread it over an uneven surface, to construct a walking track in a community park near Railway Road. All this has started with a request from an ex-Army Major, Divakar Chaudhary, who told a college student, Dhriti, in his neighbourhood about the discomfort in walking on broken tracks in a park. It is incredible to see 18-year-old Dhriti, along with her two friends, construct the pavement in just two hours. “Youth has the power to change the City, more than any other agency or force. In whatever we do, we make sure that the change has an impact,” smiles Dhriti. Youngsters like her are the hope for the future of Gurgaon. The Millennium City has been unfortunately divided into the ‘old’ and ‘new’ City. However, despite all the odds, the ‘old’ City can take pride in the positive attitude of its youth. While many youngsters in ‘new’ Gurgaon dream of making it big abroad, those who have been mainly brought up in crammed localities of the ‘old’ City aspire to transform their area, by assuming the role of change agents. Through various social initiatives, the youth of ‘old’ Gurgaon is mobilising youngsters in nearby villages and neglected pockets. Be it a civic, environmental or political issue, they seem more active and aware. A resident of New Colony, Dhriti has been appreciated for her innovative work for the responsible urbanisation of her area. Recently she was invited to present her concept at a youth forum conducted by Delhi University. “The new part of the City may have much to offer its residents, but there is hardly any facility in the old City. We therefore realised that there is a need to bring in urbanisation in our area. We understand that people here don’t want to compromise on their traditional life. There is also little space for new construction. We therefore came up with an idea of the division of colonies into small blocks, with just 40 households in one block. Each block was given 40 gas connections, space to park 40 cars at night in a nearby playground and 40 electricity meters. Four representatives take care of one block. It involves co-ordination between the residents and the authorities. Initially it took a lot of time and effort, but now the work has become pretty simple, as we have established good contacts with MCG and other local bodies,” explains Dhriti. She started a youth forum, Yuva Kranti, in 2010, with just three members. Today more than 200 students are part of the organisation. Not just civic issues, the youngsters are playing a phenomenal role in protecting the green cover in the ‘old’ City. Whether it is a local park or paddy fields in the City’s outskirts, they have come forward to protect it. A resident of New Colony, Ashita, organises a green-fest at Bal Bhavan, Sector 4, to spread awareness about the protection of the environment. Born and brought up in the ‘old’ City, Ashita fondly remembers her childhood, which was spent in an ancestral house, near green fields. “It is

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so unfortunate that the City has lost its green cover. Even in villages there is no space for trees now. You will find BMWs parked next to cowsheds. Most of the villagers have sold their lands to real estate companies, which are exploiting the green cover. It is therefore crucial to sensitise children towards the need for environment protection. The Green Fest is our small contribution to save the environment,” she says. Gaurav Saini, a student of Dronacharya College, has come up with an innovative way to save the environment. As most of the areas in ‘old’ Gurgaon are congested, he provides seeds to the households to plant a tree in their ‘angan’. “Houses nowadays hardly have space to plant trees. But thankfully, some households still have small “angans”, where they can at least plant a ‘neem’ tree. The vanishing green cover of the City has reached an alarming stage and we have to do something to stop the situation from getting worse,” he feels. Last year Gaurav identified over 60 houses in Sectors 4 and 10, and Palam Vihar, where trees could be planted. He collected seeds from a local seed distribution centre and distributed them among the families free of cost. A student of Agricultural Sciences in Pusa Institute, Gaurav also guides households about the right plantation techniques. He has been personally visiting the households so that saplings can grow faster. His drive still continues on every Sunday and he aims to provide seeds to at least 100 houses this year. Prateek, a student of Amity University, points out that bringing back agriculture to villages is a viable solution for the prosperity of the City. “It is no secret that many villagers have sold off their agricultural lands to the government and corporates and have become super-rich. But a sneak peek into their lives shows the dark reality, as most of the youngsters in these villages are unemployed. The multinationals have brought lands, but have not done anything for young ‘Gurgaonites’. I think that apart from planting trees, youngsters need to look at agriculture as an excellent business opportunity,” he suggests.

Harnessing technology for social good

Recently, over 100 children were caught drinking at a bar in ‘new’ Gurgaon. The incident compelled Ashwin

Baghotia, a resident of Bhimkheri Village, to develop an anti-addiction mobile application for the youth. An IT student in Dronacharya College of Engineering, Ashwin’s project has been approved by IIT, Delhi. It will take two years to develop. Interestingly, this application will tell youngsters about the impact of smoking on health, tips to quit alcohol and information about deaddiction centres in the country. “I am a villager first, then an engineering student. Like everybody else, I too have a responsibility to make ‘my village’ and ‘my city’ a better place. As many youngsters are taking to alcohol and drugs at an early age, there is a need to talk them through a medium they are familiar with. We need to make the message accessible and strong”, says Ashwin, who takes pride in being a Haryanvi.

Supporting the poor

Youth organisations in the City have also stood up for the rights of labour. After a massive protest by the workers of Maruti in Manesar, a local youth organisation, Krantikari Naujawan Sabha (KNS), demanded the recognition of a workers’ union in the Factory and opposed their termination and suspension. KNS helped workers file complaints with the authorities. “We condemned the exploitative ways of the Company and stood in solidarity with the legitimate demands of the workers, for their right to unionise,” says a Press Release issued by KNS last year. The organization, however, doesn’t believe in conducting rallies and mass protests. They believe that candle-light vigils and marches do not resolve any problems. They rather believe in working at ground level, for the betterment of society.

What next?

Despite being deprived of basic civic facilities, many youngsters in ‘old’ Gurgaon feel good to be a part of the City and strive to work for its development. At the same time they dream of having better connectivity and making the old part of the City a happening place. Kritika, who travels from ‘old’ Gurgaon to South Campus (Delhi University) says, “I love the City - both ‘old’ and ‘new’ Gurgaon. But travelling is a major issue for the residents of ‘old’ Gurgaon. I wish that, along with the Rapid Metro, some private companies had come out with a plan to improve the connectivity in ‘old’ Gurgaon.

C ivic/S ocial Unfortunately the ‘old’ quarter neither gets the attention of the authorities nor private players.” Apart from connectivity, many feel that the lack of options for get-togethers and for having ‘fun’ in general, force them to go to ‘new’ Gurgaon. Mohit, a young musician, is a regular party-hopper, but most of the parties are either in Sector 29 or Golf Course Road. Echoing the sentiments of others of his generation, Mohit feels, "I understand that our area is situated in ‘old’ settings, where people prefer a more tranquil and peaceful life, but young people like us also need to enjoy. Just across the highway we see a vibrant nightlife, while here it feels as if you are in the dark ages.” Not just pubs and restaurants, the ‘old’ City has limited options when it comes to even malls and multiplexes. There is just Ansal Plaza and one multiplex. Undoubtedly, ‘new’ Gurgaon is an economic hub. The corporate presence, foreign investment and urbanisation have made it a centre of attraction. But some things are missing. One of them clearly is an active involvement of the youth in working for the betterment of the City. Unfortunately many of the youngsters in ‘new’ Gurgaon leave the City after completing their schooling, as they don’t see many of their opportunities here. Youngsters in ‘new’ Gurgaon are being brought up in ‘gated’ colonies and ‘international’ schools – not very conducive to building a healthy civic and social mindset. Probably there is a need for the parents to limit their aggressiveness while driving on the roads and work on their apathy towards the political and civic issues in the City. It may also be the neglect of parents that has led to their children not being able, or wanting, to relate to the City. Parents in the ‘old’ City seem very positive. “I am hopeful because every day I meet people who want to see change. Amazingly, I meet many young people who are working to bring about the change. I wish these change makers come together and make ‘old’ Gurgaon a vibrant place. Though the government is supposed to bring about development, small measures taken by these youngsters will help us make it a real ‘Millennium City’,” smiles Major Chaudhary. Although ‘old is gold’ Gurgaon is far from ideal, it hints at a bright future ahead, as its youth strives to make a difference.u

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abir and Nupur, an elderly couple who live in Laburnum, have been using iPhones for the last two years, but they don’t know anything about the 800,000 applications offered by Apple to make their everyday life easier. They use the iPhones for making calls, sending text messages and setting alarms. “To me the applications used by my grandson seem like a science fiction fantasy. I don’t think that I can use them as efficiently as he does,” says Kabir. Nupur feels that apps are anyway made for youngsters. “My grandchildren are always glued to their phones because they play games all the time. I have no interest in games and apps. I also have limited experience with modern gadgets,” she says. India is now the third largest user of smart phones in the world, after the US and Japan. But most of the buyers, especially those who fall in the age group of 50 to 85, don’t seem to use their smart phones efficiently. They don’t know, that even for them, everything is just a touch away – be it health monitoring, safety features or memory aids. Many elderly couples live alone in the City. They can connect with their children with instant messaging apps. Moreover, these clever and useful software applications are easy-to-use. They can be easily downloaded and automatically installed. Most of them are available free of cost. “Our smart phones are tiny things that have the capacity to do much more than what we use them for. We forget that they almost have the capacity of personal computers. While most of the people buy expensive smart phones, they hardly make use of them – mostly due to the lack of awareness,” says Smita, 55. She has more than 30 useful applications installed in her phone. She always knows about the whereabouts of her maid. Her smart phone lets her check her heart beat rate and maintain a log of it. Smita recently helped an elderly lady who had a high-end smart phone and was hunting around for a mobile recharge shop. “It was 9 pm and she had just one rupee left in her mobile. There were no shops open. She had a debit card, but she was not aware that she could connect the ATM with her smart phone and recharge her mobile easily. She approached me for help and it took me a couple of minutes to help recharge her

phone,” she says. Unlike a PC, the wireless smart phones are easy to use, as there is nothing to connect to or plug in. Besides, there is no need to remember commands. Sensitive touch screens let you access all the programmes. There are a lot of potential applications for the elderly. The most beneficial aspect of these apps is that they have created a common platform whereby older persons, their children and their grandchildren can communicate easily. The key is to identify the applications of interest to the elderly, and not to overload their phones with games and movies.

heart rate monitor and does not need any external hardware. Place the tip of your index finger on the phone’s camera and in a couple of seconds your heart rate will be shown. The app uses the built-in camera to track colour changes on the fingertip, which are directly linked to the pulse-rate. It works just like the medical pulse oximeters. You can optimise your exercise routine and track your progress with the help of Instant Heart Rate.

Some useful apps for the elderly:

Magnifying Glass

WebMD

WebMD offers instant and reliable health information – 24x7. The application offers a symptom checker, information about drugs and treatments and First Aid information. Interestingly, Symptom Checker allows you to feed symptoms into the application, which then tells you the possible diseases. The app also gives you access to first aid information, even if you don’t have an Internet connection on your phone.

This app turns your screen into a digital magnifying glass. It magnifies text and pictures, offering a large clear view. There is a simple slider (like for volume), to adjust the size.

Dragon Dictation

Not just the elderly, but people with low vision can also use this app. It helps you to dictate emails and text messages, and then helps turn the voice into text. It helps make many tasks easier – be it typing a text message, sharing ideas, creating documents, emailing or browsing the Internet.

MedCoach

Although it comes at a cost (Rs. 150 per month), the application reminds you to take your medications at the right time. The information is backed up automatically, which also helps your doctor to keep a track.

This is a great app for the elderly. It works an accurate

The application can make the payments automatically every month.

fast and accurate answers about the surroundings. For instance, if you are stuck in a place at night, turn to the application, rotate your phone and ask a question. With a touch it clicks a picture and automatically uploads it on the Internet and social networking sites. Within a few minutes the application will flash and yo will have the answer.

Life360

It is one of the most popular safety applications – a groupmessaging programme. If you are lost, you can check in at a location to alert your family members. GPS monitoring then allows them to pinpoint your location on a map. The map also marks the locations of the nearest hospital, police station, and other important places.

SMS Tracker

Once installed on a phone, this programme runs in the background and allows a third party to see all ingoing and outgoing call logs, text messages and photos. It is a great way to keep track of the activities of your domestic help.

Truecaller

It is a simple phone directory that helps find the names of the people who call you. Even if the number is not saved in your phone, it will automatically tell you who is calling.

Google Maps

Not only can people see every location in the world, but this app helps them in navigation. It tells you about your current location and how you can get to where you want to go. BugMe: It lets you set up notes and reminders for birthdays, doctor’s appointments and medicines.

Find my iPad

A free application offered by Apple, it enables people to locate a lost iPad or iPhone, with the use of another smart phone. Undoubtedly a smart phone is a fantastic device with many useful functions. Its extensive use, however, can lead to some problems. Besides health issues, compulsively checking of applications, Internet and networking sites on phones has made people less attentive to their surroundings. Many times it leads to accidents – on and off the road. Moreover, with so much time spent on 'virtual' socialising, 'actual' meeting up is becoming increasingly rare. We therefore need to realise that applications are made to ease our life, not to rule it!u

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It allows people with limited vision to get quick information about any object in their surroundings. Users can click a picture to receive quick answers to their questions. Amazingly, the application combines automatic image processing with the Internet and social network platforms, to collect

This application helps keep track of bills and supports online bill pay. It is one of the most secure apps for paying bills via mobile phone. One can keep track of the last date by which the mobile bill or electricity bill has to be paid.

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urgaon Police has been very visible in the last six months. Police 'nakas', check points and traffic posts are now active through the night. This should provide some relief and comfort to many residents. Gurgaonites have been apprehensive of venturing out after dark, for fear of drunk drivers, speeding cabs, miscreants and chain snatchers. The Police presence and effort is being led from the front by the new Commissioner, Alok Mittal. He has been pro-active, and has made the Force more accessible. Mittal told Friday Gurgaon in a recent interview that apart from increased presence on the roads, the Department was also organising Night Domination exercises randomly, to send out a strong message to criminals and ensure a safe Gurgaon particularly during the night. Now even PCR vans have been asked to hold ‘nakas’ in their respective areas, and this has been most effective in making the Police presence felt. Although Police officials on the street say that these are very taxing exercises for them, the residents of various colonies state that seeing the Police working in this manner is very reassuring. A Friday Gurgaon team tracked a Night Domination exercise recently. At 10pm on Friday night, ‘life’ had just started on the road in front of Sahara Mall; the crowd seemed to be a little watchful. The reason perhaps was that a large posse of women Police personnel was sitting outside, keeping watch. Around 10.30pm the Traffic Policemen arrived with their vehicles and equipment, and a senior official also came to take stock of the situation. ASI Satender Singh said that they would check drivers for alcohol levels from 11pm to 1am, which is basically the prime hours when people leave pubs and local permit rooms. “We check around 300 to 400 people on an

Visible Vigilance average and issue challans to about 4 to 5 people every day. There has been a substantial decrease in ‘drunk driving’,” he said. The next stop was just a few hundred meters away, at the Sikanderpur Station, where an irate car driver ran away when he was asked to stop, for checking. Such incidents have also come down in the last one year, after checking has been intensified, said Inspector Ashok Kumar. A number of young boys could be seen ‘reasoning’ with the Police. A smart young guy, when asked to blow into the alcohol meter, instead kept sucking in repeatedly, forcing everyone - even the police - to laugh. Inspector Kumar said that a number of times the youth from influential families try to pressurize the policemen on duty, offer to ‘settle’ the challan and also try to run away. “These are professional hazards but we have been handling the situation,” said Kumar. Moving further we found a PCR checkpoint headed by ASI Om Prakash, with a team of 5 men. “We keep a watch on the movement of vehicles and suspected persons from 11pm to 4am every night. We check the papers, see if driver are inebriated and question them about their movements,” he said. Rajan Sharma, whose car was stopped by the Police, told Friday Gurgaon, “I don’t mind spending time at the checkpoints as they help in making Gurgaon safer. We have also, as a family, started to move around after dark with more confidence,” he said. The Police officials said that they not only check the vehicles but are also on call to help anyone in distress. The personnel at another Police ‘naka’ near the Gold

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Souk looked alert, but their long work hours seem to be taking a toll. Standing for long hours, remaining vigilant throughout and attending public calls for help puts a lot of pressure on the PCR staff. An official said that the number of staff is inadequate and they often have to attend court work and other official calls during the day. Some of them suggested that ‘nakas’ should be activated only if reliable information has been received about the movement of suspects or of criminal activity. However, City residents would prefer that the current ‘aggressive checking’ continues, and in fact even more policemen should be on the road, especially on the desolate and dark stretches of Gurgaon. Vijay Singh, who works in a call centre, said that it was difficult for him

to move on a bike during the night, but the presence of the Police is reassuring and should be increased. He works at the Unitech Cyber Park. The policemen from Sector 31 PS got jittery when we asked them if we could photograph them checking cars. One of them rudely asked us to go to the main Sector 31 checkpoint and talk to the SHO. “We are not interested,” said a constable who was unhappy with this night duty. The majority of the policemen on the road think that this night patrolling is not something essential. However, they have no option, as there is a push from the top for this initiative. ASI Sunita Devi was supervising the Traffic Police checkpoint near Cyber Park. “We are here everyday and check around 400 people at random. This checking has ensured that accidents, which happened due to drunken driving, have come down noticeably,” she said, while a colleague brought her an alcohol meter that had just been administered. Sunita Devi directed that a challan be issued to the driver. What was surprising to see was that a

majority of people found to be ‘driving drunk’ were not the local villagers but urbane corporate professionals - most of whom claimed high work pressure as an excuse for their having gone over the ‘limit’. Dy. SP Mamata Kharb came to inspect the checkpoint. Kharb told Friday Gurgaon that the Police are very strict in issuing challans for drunk driving. “We also request people not to drink and drive as this is dangerous,” she said. Agreeing that policemen are overworked, she maintained that the department has to anyway perform its duty. Just a little ahead we ran into Inspector Ranjit Singh from the Crime Unit 7, keeping a watch with his team. They were not checking for drunk driving but just keeping a watchful eye. “We question people who are moving about during the late hours, check their vehicles and take their names and numbers. We also reassure people that they can ask for help in case of emergency,” he said. A young man, whose car was stopped by the Police, was surprised by their courteous enquiries. Singh smiled at him and said that they were just doing their duty. At Rajiv Chowk a PCR team was checking vehicles at random. The Police keep a sharp lookout for ‘outsiders’ who are moving around in the City. In the buy Sadar Bazar, ASI Sher Mohd was holding fort with his PCR team. There was little movement of vehicles - the ‘old’ City and its commercial areas were deep in sleep. ASI Mohd said that they have to remain alert at night, as there are a large number of shops in the area that could be robbed. “We also keep a watch on petty criminals and the movement of suspect persons in the area,” he said. The Police personnel said that night-time crime is more prevalent in ‘new’ Gurgaon. As we entered the Palam Vihar Road there was a checkpoint prior to the petrol pump. The policeman on duty asked us to stop and show our papers. He checked them and asked us what we are doing outside at night. He seemed unhappy with the night duty, and when told we were doing a story on Night Domination, was not amused. “Next time aise nahin chalega bhai,” he warned as we moved on towards Palam Vihar, while concluding the night-time vigil on the Gurgaon Police. The situation on the ground has vastly improved, especially compared to our similar coverage last year, when only a handful of policemen were found on the streets. Gurgaon residents can, and should, sleep better. u


20-26 September 2013

The Law & Beyond Domestic Violence { Vidya Raja }

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espite five years of courtship followed by seven years of being married, Arjun decided almost overnight that he wanted out of the marriage with Sarika. For Sarika, like many women, there seemed nowhere else to go and she was not aware of what the law could do for her. She eft her matrimonial home (the home of a husband and wife) and moved in with a friend. Even a week later she had neither heard from Arjun nor had any idea about what she could do. The fear of being rendered homeless is a very real fear that many women face. The Domestic Violence Act, 2005 safeguards a woman’s right to reside in her matrimonial or shared household. This right can be exercised and implemented by a residence order, which is passed by a Court. Section 17 of the Act clearly safeguards the rights of a woman; it states that a woman can move the court to safeguard her right to residence. Immaterial of whether this ‘home’ is rented, owned by the husband or even belongs to a relative or friend of the husband, a woman has the right to continue to reside in that home - with or without her husband. The woman can-

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itting in his office on New Railway Road, Yash Pal Arora looks quite busy as a never-ending stream of visitors, with documents in their hands, wait to be called in. Anyone can meet Arora and seek counsel from this veteran activist, who has made it his life’s goal to fight for the victims of real estate frauds committed by builders as well as property dealers. It was in 2007, after losing a large amount of money to a fraud real estate company, that Arora, instead of sulking and sitting at home, decided to act. He has been successful in ensuring recoveries of almost Rs. 400 crores from fraudulent realtors. While complaints to his Builders Dealers Victims Welfare Association come from across the country, Arora says that a large number of such issues are also reported from the fast growing NCR. Despite the roadblocks in getting justice, Arora asserts that his organisation has used tools such as PILs and RTIs effectively, to get adequate information and justice for the people. In 2007 he filed a case against Vian Infrastructure, a company that had defrauded almost 50,000 people across the country to the tune of Rs. 5000 crores. Vian Infrastructure

not be evicted or asked to leave her matrimonial home under any circumstances. The Act even goes one step further, by empowering the Magistrate with powers to issue Protection Orders. This is covered under Section 18 of the Act. A Protection Order can be passed in anticipation of any violence expected. It is an Order that prohibits or restricts the Respondent (husband) from doing any of the following acts: n  Committing any act of domestic violence n Aiding or abetting the commission of domestic violence n Entering the work place of the aggrieved person n Attempting to communicate with the aggrieved person in any manner whatsoever n  Alienating any assets, operating bank lockers or bank accounts that are jointly owned by the aggrieved person and the Respondent, or owned by the aggrieved person alone or even those accounts that are held by the Respondent alone. n  Causing any violence to the dependants, relatives or any other person who has sheltered the aggrieved person. Section 19 of the Act provides the right to ‘Residence Orders’. At the time of disposing the application made by the aggrieved person, the Magistrate is also empowered to issue the following orders: n Restraining the Respondent from

dispossessing the aggrieved person from the shared household n  Directing the Respondent to remove himself from the shared household n Restricting the Respondent or any of his relatives from entering the shared household that is being occupied by the aggrieved person n  Directing the Respondent to secure a similar shared household for the aggrieved person if circumstances so demand n Restraining the Respondent from alienating or disposing of the shared household in any manner A woman who has been subjected to domestic violence in any manner has these rights and must make use of them to protect herself. Unfortunately, even today many women are left to fend for themselves without any financial support from the husband. This Act also provides for monetary relief under Section 20. A Monetary Relief Order is issued by a Magistrate after perusing the application filed by the aggrieved person. Monetary Relief ensures that the aggrieved person is given financial security in terms of: 1. Living expenses for the aggrieved person and her children 2.  Medical expenses 3. Expenses to cover any loss or destruction caused by the Respondent The amount that is to be paid by the Respondent is calculated after taking into consideration the manner in which the

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aggrieved person has been living with the Respondent in the shared household. The Respondent is liable to maintain the aggrieved person and her child(ren) in a similar manner. This payment may be ordered as a lump sum amount or by way of monthly payments. If the Respondent fails to comply with this Order, the Magistrate may direct the employer or a debtor of the Respondent to directly pay the aggrieved person the amount payable. ‘A nation’s progress can be judged by assessing the condition of its women’, said our first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. By the sheer number of domestic violence incidents that even now occur regularly across our country, one can very well guess the state of our Nation’s progress. Numerous domestic violence cases continue to go unreported – either because the women feel alone or afraid, or lack even the basic awareness of the law. Women have always been perceived to be the weaker sex, and by their not taking any action even to protect themselves, that belief has only been strengthened. By being aware of their rights, which are protected by law, and with some help from society, they can start to make a better future for themselves (and for their daughters).u The writer is a qualified legal professional who has practiced before the Madras and Karnataka High Courts

Realty Victims’ Messiah had collected money from people on the pretext of building flats, apartments and floors on ‘non-existent’ land. Ironically, it was after collecting the money that the company bought land in Bhiwadi. “I filed a complaint against Vian after realising that this was a fake company. We approached the police and court and ensured that the owner of this company, V.K Sharma, was arrested for committing fraud,” he says. It also goes to his credit that the assets of the company have been seized and are slowly being liquidated, to pay back the money of hapless investors. Many of them, like Ravinder Singh of Nanu Kalan Village near Pataudi, have lost their savings in this fraud. Singh has come with a sheaf of papers proving that he had invested Rs. 4.40 lakhs in Vian infrastructure on the advice of a local agent, who now refuses to even acknowledge his role. “I was asked to pay money in installments for booking a plot, but when I asked for documents they asked for more money and said that they will give me a flat instead. When pressed further, the company asked me to take my money back, and later stopped all correspondence,” says Singh, who has four daughters. With his dreams shattered, and

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memberships, which is not required by many. This practice needs to be stopped,” says Arora. Buyers are also charged hefty transfer fees on per square feet basis, whereas not more than Rs. 10,000 can be charged for transferring an apartment. The Victims Association is also working towards having a balanced Buyer-Seller Agreement, which right now is totally prakhar PANDEY skewed in favour of the developers. “When a builder little hope of getting justice delays a project he needs to from the authorities, he has pay only 5% interest, but when now come to Arora, for help an owner delays a payment to get his money back. Arora he is forced to fork out an 18 says that his Association has to 24 per cent penalty. Why helped thousands to get their this disparity?” asks Arora. He also wants that the Real money back. “My fight is to get these Estate Regulatory Act to be violations stopped, and if implemented soon, in letter this happens then property and spirit, so that vague prices will go down by at notions like ‘Super Area’, least 30 to 35 per cent in the on which the entire business City,” he asserts. He has been premise of real estate is fighting on some specific based, are done away with. issues/terms also: like the “My argument over the last 3 sale of parking by builders years has been that if mobile (which has been declared telephony can have TRAI, illegal by the Supreme and Insurance can also have a Court and also violates the regulator, how can an industry Haryana Apartment Owners that sees thousands of crores Act); or club membership changing hands everyday be left being made mandatory for unregulated - and instead run on apartment buyers. “Lakhs of the whims and fancies of a few rupees are charged for club powerful people,” says Arora.

As per him, if the police want they can make a big difference. “The Police has all the powers to take action against real estate frauds, but they refuse to consider such acts as cheating. When a shopkeeper defrauds a person for a few hundred rupees he is booked for cheating, but when a builder commits wholesale fraud it is termed as a civil case. These different standards are the reason that buyers in this industry are suffering heavily,” asserts Arora. He also advises buyers that they should not get lured by newspapers advertisements and promises that are not backed by facts. “A buyer must check the land title with the revenue authorities and the clearances and permissions from the DTCP and other officials, before investing in a project,” he says. In his opinion every individual should have the right to live in his own house, and if the government takes real measures to rein in the builders, property prices will come down to realistic levels. In his fight against the powerful builders Arora has faced many threats, and was even attacked brutally in 2011, but this did not dampen his spirits. Arora says that he has 7,000 members in his Association now, and the numbers are growing. Many people are fed up and now want to fight against the crooks and bring them to justice. u


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Kids Brainticklers

Artistic Strokes

Karan Madan, Blue Bells Model School

Shivani Ahuja, The Shri Ram School

The Holidays are over... but your creativity isn’t. For children – write a poem, an article, a fictional story or even a real life experience. See it published in Friday Gurgaon – make your teachers and parents proud! For teachers/administrators/co-ordinators – here’s a chance to pen down your experiences, teachings and learnings. Send us your contributions (300-350 words). For information, Call us at 0124-4219092/93 Or email at anita.bagchi@fridaygurgaon.com

Paintings stories poems Saumya Goyal, Manav Rachna International School


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Privileged Schools

Shiksha Bharti School

Sankalp School

Govt. Primary School, DLF Ph I (helped by Happy School Trust)

Saksham Bal Vikas Sanstha

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Chiranjiv Bharti School, Palam Vihar

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arious activities were held in the Junior Wing premises of American Montessori Public School to commemorate Hindi Diwas (14th September). Discussions were held on the relevance of Hindi Diwas and the children were given information about the ‘National Language’. A show-and-tell activity was held by the children of Montessori I-IV, where they spoke about their favourite topic. A Hindi Handwriting Competition was also held for students of Classes I and II.

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he School hosted the Inter-School Solo Dance Competition, in collaboration with “Avantika”. Twelve schools participated in the Competition. The participants presented different folk dances— Rajasthani, Gujarati, Haryanvi, Oriya and other forms— which left both the audience and the judges spellbound. Palak Sharma of CBS, Palam Vihar bagged the First Prize, while the Second Prize was awarded to Mamita of Pine Crest School. Swarnima, of CBS Sushant Lok stood Third. The Director of ‘Avantika’, Dr. Anand Aggarwal, School Trustee Archana Luthra, Executive Director Goldi Malhotra and Principal Sangeeta Saxena appreciated the efforts of the students and teachers.

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indi Diwas was celebrated in the School. The weeklong celebration entailed different activities for the children. ‘Bhav Abhivyakti’ had children expressing their feelings and sharing a special experience with their class. A Poem Writing Activity was organised for Grade-2 students, who wrote beautiful poems in Hindi and drew pictures. A Hindi News Paper Reading Activity was organised for the Primary Wing. A Spell-O-Craft Activity was also organised for Grade-2. The aim of the activities was to enhance their thinking skills and to sharpen their memory. Hindi Diwas celebrations concluded with a Special Assembly conducted by the students of the Primary Wing, wherein the children of Grades 1 and 2 presented beautiful dances, skits, poems and ‘Dohes’ of Kabir Das and Rahim with their ‘Bhav-arth’.

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he Principal of Lotus Valley School, Anita Malhotra, was conferred the most coveted and prestigious “CBSE National Award to Teachers for the year 2012”. The Award was given for her contribution in the field of education and for innovations in classroom teaching. The Award was given by Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, in the presence of Dr. Shashi Tharoor and Jitin Prasada, Ministers of State for HRD.

Ryan Global School

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s a part of the ISA Programme, some students the School visited Alliance Française to gather more information on France, one of the countries under study. The students interacted with the staff and got to visit the library. They were given Post Cards by the staff, as memories to carry back. It was an enjoyable and informative trip for the students.


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tudents of GD Goenka World School, Sohna Road, contributed towards Teach for India’s initiative at Ayanagar Vidyaniketan School, where 31 girls are studying. The Goenkans visited the School and donated books, chart papers, markers, crayons, stationery, glue sticks, craft materials, pencil boxes and stickers. They also interacted with the girls from Ayanagar Vidyaniketan and returned with praises for both the mission and its students.

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he tiny tots of Kindergarten, DAV Public School Sector 14, presented an educative theme display of ‘Transport’ and ‘Air’ . Models and experiments were displayed and the children took turns to explain their themes.

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he little ones at Excelsior American School tried their hand at non-fire cooking, and loved it! The little chefs, donning their chefs’ hats, took turns to do some serious batter mixing. They were amazed to see how different ingredients ended up as one mixture in the mixing bowl.

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tudents of Magic Creations (an Institute for Grooming Creative Expression), aged between 5 years and 50, staged five short plays; the theatrical presentation was called ‘Nani Ki Potli’. Renowned Poet Prof. Ashok Chakradhar was the Chief Guest of the evening. The play ‘Khilaune, jaanvar mere dost’, was presented by the child actors while three plays—’An interview’, ‘Naya padosi’, ‘Apni-apni chahat’—were presented by the Moms Theatre group. All the plays were directed by Binod Sharma, from NSD.

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he Kaishogun Martial Arts Sports Academy held a Coloured Belt Test for its students. The Test was followed by a controlled fight session amongst the students on the basis of their weight, age and belt. Sensei Kunal along with senior students supervised the fights and the grading ceremony. The Best Fighter (girls) was awarded to Jessica Rizvi and Simoni Dipendra.

he pigeon, trapped in the kitchen, was creating chaos by its fluttering from corner to corner. All the ‘hooing and shooing’ couldn’t persuade it to leave via the door or the window. Dadaji, the patriarch of the house, noticed the drama as he was passing. He asked, “Where is Nanu?” “She is playing in the garden Bauji”, he was told. “Call her to the kitchen”, he ordered. As Nanu arrived, dancing, Dadaji said, “Mummy can’t cook lunch till that pigeon leaves the kitchen. Could you ask it go out? Everybody else leave the room.” Nanu picked up some grains from the jar and called out, “Kabuu aa aa! I have some treats for you.” Watching from far, the cook asked, “Why did you call Nanu for this? We could have driven out the pigeon with the broom.” Dadaji said, ”Why use force when there is no need for it? All creatures can sense an animal or person that means no harm to them. Unfortunately we have filled the pure hearts given to us with anger, jealousy, hate, destructive thoughts and fear. So now we are afraid of each other and have put locks on our homes and hearts. Fortunately, we have children in our midst to remind us of our original state - if only for fleeting moments.” And sure enough, Nanu came out with the pigeon in her hand and said, “Dadaji, I think the pigeon is going blind. Can we build him a bird house in the garden so that he is safe?” “Of course, my dear. Come let’s put the old bamboo basket out in the garden for now,” said a beaming Dadaji.  Mihir Joshi


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o now we have a Mantri anointed for a Pradhan status (from a Mukhya one today) versus a reluctant Prince – Narendra versus Rahul. While the Prince decides on his position – of being up-front or driving from behind – let’s take stock of the phenomenon they call Modi. The BJP cadre is already in a Yes, Prime Minister Modi mode; chanting ‘Om Namo Namah’ – Surrender to the ‘Lord’. Namoji has what it takes. It’s also time for Chief Ministers to be the preferred choice for future rulers at the Centre. Modi’s assets and liabilities are well documented; though in his case, surprisingly (considering he is running a top commercial state), there is no trail of any personal financial scam. He also seems sure of what he needs to do, and would probably not ask for much advice. However, it’s worth a try… for India’s sake.

EDITORIAL Atul Sobti

Namoji, you have got and done much right. In preparation of a Lok Sabha Poll, you are rightly talking about national issues and about India’s actions and status on the world stage. With this you have also struck the right chord with all ‘jawans’ – the armed forces (current and ex-) as well as the youth. That is no mean feat. To get to this position you have been able to tackle both the RSS and your Chief - and have had your way. Like all great generals, you have highly motivated your front ranks with the right messages, delivered effectively. You have created a fear psychosis in the main opposition – they do not know how much to dare you…every day; they ignore you at their peril, they take you on, and just make your image larger. Your poll campaigns must be being sharpened, and poll alliances developed. You are practical and wise to know that in this battle the end often justifies the means. You play to win. However, there is something for you to right also. It’s time to talk Godhra and riots; it’s time to apologise and genuinely mean it. It’s time for stature and statesmanship, from a man who has the credentials for being the PM of India. Just think of how India and especially the youth would (positively)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Vijay K. Saluja I was on a visit to Singapore recently. 16th. September was the 90th birthday of Lee Kuan Yew, considered the Founding Father of Singapore. He was the first Prime Minister after its independence in 1965. In 1994 he stepped down, to make way for the younger leaders of his Party (PAP). He was then the Minister Mentor until 2011. Straits Times and Today are the main English newspapers of this City-State. I did not find any page of theirs carrying pictures of the `Hero` of the Republic – even on his 90th. birthday (while, in India, of late, the phenomenon of telling the citizens about the birthdays of even local elected representatives has become more frequent). On this day, Singapore hosted a One-Day Conference titled, `The Big Ideas of Lee Kuan Yew’ - organized by Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. It was attended by more than 500 public and civil servants past and present, former and current politicians, academics and industry leaders.

respond, rather than be over-concerned with the Gujarati vote bank. Take the opportunity to adopt a pro-Hindu banner, without being anti-Muslim in any manner; take up the task of uniting and modernizing Hindu thought. This has to be clearly for positivity, with no threat in any form to any other citizen of this country. Talking or doing religion openly and positively can only be good – ‘pseudo-seculars’ can figure that one out. And while national issues are important, the masses also want ‘bread’ to be on the table. Never have the middle and lower middle class in urban India been more vulnerable… and actually felt poor. Food and fuel prices have totally overtaken them. Their quality and standard of living has actually declined ! They are the most frustrated lot in the whole country. Hold their hand and give succour to them. It’s time to talk of welfare schemes with an urban bias. And to talk of creating jobs. Today investment has dried up and infrastructure development has taken a back seat. Jobs have therefore dried up. Namoji, promise a new green revolution of an Agro-Food-Processing-Industry, with the attendant setting up of a National Transport and Logistics Network. To power the India dream, help unleash Solar Power across the country – something you have most successfully done in Gujarat. And finally, an election Kurukshetra is a team effort. Your biggest assets are your party workers and the performing Chief Ministers (of MP, Chhatisgarh and Goa). Rather than relying excessively on HQ advisors, use these CMs across the country. The choice of party leaders and poll allies is going to be crucial in states like Maharashtra. Fortunately there are many CMs of non-Congress parties that would side with you. You need to lead from the front in UP and Bihar – the real test. The turnout and the votes may surprise even you. And do reach out to South India also personally – in English preferably (and of course Tamil, expressly). ps – there is no hurry for a US visa. In the fullness of time it will be an honour for them to come and offer it to you.u

The persons associated with him in the past, and even now, paid glowing tributes to his unwavering dedication, and his resolve in meeting various challenges while building the country to a global benchmark in many areas. Despite his not so robust health, he even now calls for action and unity among various Singaporeans – who are now from various regions of the World. The present President of the Republic, Tony Tan, remarked, while wishing Lee Kuan Yew `joy & continuous good health`, that `Generations of Singaporeans have benefitted from your lifelong contribution of creating a peaceful and prosperous Singapore. You remind us that Singapore is a constant work in progress, as you continue to work tirelessly to secure our future even after more than five decades of public service’. Here is my take of some of the tributes paid to this Great Builder of Singapore, by his fellow-associates and countrymen: The true leaders of a Nation, whom the citizens admire, are those who are dedicated to, in fact obsessed with, building their country against all odds; they face various challenges with a brave face and infect their colleagues and countrymen with action, commitment,

enthusiasm, integrity and unwavering positivity. They do not believe in rhetoric but actually bring positive and tangible change on the ground and amongst the system and society. They strongly believe in multi-racialism and have respect for all religions. They actively seek the help of citizens, asking them to be cooperative, helpful and to share the fruits of their collective effort for the common good. They provide caring governance, leadership and integrity. They constantly are on the lookout for positive ideas from all quarters and then take steps to get these implemented. They do not seek greatness. The grateful citizens thrust greatness upon them. Some of the remarks of the readers of the Papers, which came out the next day, were : Mr Lee Kuan Yew - a colossus among men. It was his indomitable spirit and willingness to do what others would deem improbable or even impossible that catapulted Singapore to becoming a bustling metropolis. He opted sensibly and calmly for longterm benefits even as the short-term pains seemed excruciating. We are grateful for his visionary mind and for inspiring the Singaporean people. Director, Giraffe Heroes India Program


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r. Weston Price (1870-1948), a Canadian born dentist who practiced in Cleveland, Ohio, is the legendary figure who blazed a new trail in understanding the role of Nutrition in dental and overall health. Dr. Price left his practice and travelled around the world to find out what made the indigenous peoples so healthy. By the early 1900s he had studied fourteen different isolated primitive communities/ cultures - from tribes in Africa to the Eskimos in Alaska. Not surprisingly, he found a very close connection between what the indigenous people ate and their health. His contributions have led many people to honour him as the "Isaac Newton of Nutrition." One of the major features of native diets, he found, was that they were rich in fat, especially animal fat - whether from insects, eggs, fish or animal meat. Indeed, the diets were widely varied, but as compared to the diets of socalled ‘modern man’, they provided at least four times the calcium and other minerals, and at least ten times the fat-soluble vitamins (A,D,E,K). During his nine years of journey, Dr. Price preached a nutrient-dense, whole foods based organic diet. For more information, please visit :http:// www.westonaprice.org/nutritiongreats/weston-price. A mystery ingredient in food, which for a long time was simply called Activation Factor X (or the 'Price' Factor), has suddenly stepped into the limelight. It is now called Vitamin K the name comes from the German word “Koagulationsvitamin.” Vitamin K is an essential vitamin required by the liver for protein modification and blood clotting. Deficiency of Vitamins K1 and K2 could lead to uncontrolled

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leep, they say, is like your boss it is much more agreeable when it goes uninterrupted. One of the most important things our body needs is a good night’s sleep. Lack of sleep can result in fatigue, irritability, headache and a host of other health problems. Setting a schedule, avoiding a heavy dinner and opting for a comfortable bed go a long way in helping you sleep better.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring while sleeping is a hindrance for the partner, but it is not a health hazard in itself. However, snoring can be a sign of Sleep Apnea - a condition that goes undetected in many people. Not everyone who snores has Sleep Apnea, and not everyone who has Sleep Apnea snores. The biggest telltale sign is how you feel during the day. Chronic sleep deprivation results in daytime sleepiness, slow reflexes, poor concentration and an increased risk of accidents. During Sleep Apnea you have one or more pauses in breathing, or shallow breaths, while you sleep. These pauses can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. The pause is caused

Health & Vitality... Naturally!

Vital K Balance

bleeding as well as a host of other very serious problems. Recent research has revealed that Vitamin K also plays a vital role in maintaining healthy bones and arteries, by keeping calcium in the bones and out of the arteries. Vitamin K2 is preferred by the extra-hepatic tissues (i.e. nonliver tissues such as bone, cartilage and vasculature) and is of bacterial origin. Since some antibiotics (such as broadspectrum antibiotics) may decrease bacteria in the human gut, they may lower Vitamin K levels and increase the risk of deficiency in people not ingesting

adequate amounts. The same may be true due to side-affects of several other medications.

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In nature, Vitamin K is found in two forms: Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) in leafy, green vegetables, and Vitamin K2 (menaquinone) in organ meats, egg yolks and dairy products. On an average, Vitamin K consumption patterns tend to favour K1 over K2 by a margin of 9:1. Unfortunately, the recommended dietary intake of Vitamin

Sleep Easy by a blockage of airflow. As you age, the tissue in your throat softens and fat deposits in the area around your tonsils. The swollen tissue and accumulated fat create blockages during deep slumber. As airflow stops during a sleep apnea episode, the oxygen level in your blood drops; your brain responds by briefly disturbing your sleep – by just enough to restart your breathing. The breathing resumes with a gasp or a choking sound. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you probably won’t remember these awakenings. Normally, most people stir

enough to tighten the throat muscles and open the blocked windpipe. As a result the normal breathing starts again with a loud snort or choking sound. These episodes result in inadequate sleep, which makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea can also lead to health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and weight gain.

Types of Sleep Apnea

n  Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common type. It occurs when the soft tissue at the back of your throat relaxes during sleep and blocks the airway. This results in loud snoring. n  Central Sleep Apnea involves the Central Nervous System. It occurs when the brain fails to signal the muscles that control breathing. People with Central Sleep Apnea seldom snore loudly. Sleep studies are the most accurate tests for diagnosing Sleep Apnea. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to combat this: n  CPAP Machines: People who suffer from chronic Sleep

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K required for blood clot regulation, is much lower than that required for optimal bone and arterial health. The optimal amounts of Vitamin K2 are still under investigation – approximately 180 to 200 micrograms of Vitamin K2 may be best to activate K2-dependent proteins, to shuttle calcium to the proper areas. Vitamin K2 works synergistically with a number of other nutrients, including Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin D. Nature’s Wonder Food(s) of the Week: Vitamin K1 & K2-rich Foods Vitamin K1 is a vitamin found in leafy green vegetables, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, herbs (such as sage, basil, marjoram, thyme) and fermented (pickled) vegetables. Recent research has revealed that, without Vitamin K2, calcium regulation is disrupted. In fact low levels of Vitamin K2 are associated with an increased risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis. This is not the case for Vitamin K1. Vitamin K2 suppresses growth and invasion of hepatocellular carcinoma, a common and deadly form of liver cancer. Some of the foods with the highest Vitamin K2 content are Natto (a soya fermented dish in Japan), Goose Liver Paste, Cheeses (ideally hard), Egg yolk, Curd, Cheese, Butter and Chicken Liver. In addition to meat and poultry, K2 occurs naturally in a number of other animal-based foods - notably cheese, eggs and butter. For people taking medication to prevent blood clots, it is appropriate to consult with their medical practitioner before taking Vitamin K supplements.u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions

Apnea go for CPAP masks, which are worn at night. Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure (CPAP) is the most common treatment for moderate to severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea. However, most people feel uncomfortable while using CPAP machines and the patient compliance is low. n  Nasal Strips: Remember those whacky nose strips used by sportsmen? The nasal strips help in preventing snoring by keeping the nasal passage open. Nasal passages can be kept open at night with the help of a nasal dilator, saline spray or breathing strips. n  Losing Weight and Throat Exercises: Some people find that even moderate to severe Sleep Apnea can be completely cured by losing any excess weight. Studies show that throat exercises may reduce the severity of Sleep Apnea by strengthening the muscles in the airway, making them less likely to collapse. n  Sleeping on the Side: Avoid sleeping on your back, as gravity makes it more likely for your tongue and soft tissues to drop and obstruct your airway. Elevate the head of your bed by four to six inches, or elevate your body from the waist up by using a foam wedge. You can also use a special cervical pillow. If you suffer from sleep issues, consult a doctor certified in sleep medicine and follow his/her advice.u


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{ Bhuvana Shridhar } “Look to this day, for it is life, the very life of life; the bliss of growth, the glory of action. For yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well-lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope” – Kalidasa

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id you know that there are thirty two bars, or energy lines, that run around our head and connect to different aspects of our lives? Gary M. Douglas founded Access Bar Therapy or Access Consciousness, when he ascertained that we can unlock the vast potential of our mind and behaviour patterns to understand emotional issues, which can guide us through life’s journey.

Concept

This Therapy is a unique and simple technique to change our negative patterns of thinking. We need to touch our 'bars' and recreate a positive outlook of our life. Our normal reaction is to freeze, take flight or fight. We need to find out which response to use in a given situation, and why. By tapping the points or 'bars' on the head gently, we can use the electromagnetic energy, that is emitted, to our advantage. These vibrations are the components of our consciousness, our thoughts, attitudes, decisions and beliefs. According to Douglas, every energy thought stored is called a 'bar', which can be controlled and used for healing, body awareness, creativity, power, ageing, sex …and even our financial needs. We can’t ignore our shortcomings, and therefore it is better that we understand them, accept them and figure out how best to tackle them. Identify your personality type and use this modality to enhance your possibilities.

Process

During the session, by touching each ‘bar’ that discharges the stored polarity, we begin to clear away the energy locked up in that area or aspect of our life. This creates space for new thoughts and possibilities to show up. Simultaneously, by touching another 'bar', we get the "issues" from the first 'bar' and also begin clearing the "issues" stored in the second 'bar'. So, by gently touching all the 'bars' on our head, we effectively erase everything we have ever stored there. Just five minutes of this Therapy can erase 5,000 to 10,000 years of stored points of view or habits. One may ask what is the value of erasing this enormous data bank of memories, which we have stored over several lifetimes. The scientific idea is

Case Study

Name: Vipin Kapoor, 35 years, HR Executive Personality Type: Intrepid Influencer a) His Flight Response He was naturally sensitive to others and to their behaviour and emotions at the workplace. As an HR executive,he found it easy to empathise and share other's problems. However, he couldn’t confront and fight workers in his office. The concept of office politics and its negative impact made him run out of the office. b) His Fight Response As a kid, Vipin always had his way around older siblings and could get in and out of trouble without much effort. In college he was elected to the Student Council and friends inevitably turned to him for all common decisions and conflict resolutions. But now, working alone as a Human Resource executive he found it boring and he became negatively involved in power struggles and office gossip. The management found that he could not take hard decisions. What Worked For Him After just one session of Access Bar Therapy, Vipin was able to build a bank of favours, which was well reciprocated by his office staff. He was successfully able to act as a mediator – battling colleagues and defusing tensions. He began to work his way with crossfunctional assignments, where he was able to display his team building and leadership skills. He started utilising strategic office gossip to spread information and get work done. His positive energy could lead him to become head of the HR department. that every thought is energy stored, and this culminates as attitudes, ideas or decisions, and builds up our belief systems. If they happen to be negative patterns that repeat themselves in this lifetime, we can change them to positive thinking, by replacing those thoughts. There are no surgical procedures to this therapy – no injections, no facial exercises, no products. It is a holistic technique that operates by pressing the bars or points in the various parts of our head.

Multiple Advantages

This therapy creates rapid and noticeable change in personality; supercharges your personal growth; you can learn to sense, use and apply your energies; does away with limiting belief; gets rid of aches and pains; reduces stress levels; removes negative patterns of thinking; cures depression; helps in weight control; speeds up the metabolic rate of the body.u Tarot Reader, Coffee Cup Reader

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y sister-in-law’s first trip abroad—solo— turned out to be a real adventure. Her first destination was Houston, Texas. The first leg, Delhi-Frankfurt, was uneventful – you can’t really goof up on a non-stop flight. She even boarded the right plane for the second part, Frankfurt-Houston. On the flight she started chatting with the American lady seated next to her – a blue-blooded Texan who was much interested in India. The two of them got along famously and dear sis-in-law, without a care in the world, after doing full justice to the complimentary food and wine, fell asleep. Much too soon the flight landed and her new friend shook her out of her dreams with a hearty, “Wake up dear, we are in Texas”. She quickly picked up her things and got out of the plane. So far so good. Immigration was like a breeze and she was on her way to baggage claim…when the trouble started. The carousel went round and round, but there was no sign of her suitcase. Much running around and cursing later, she was escorted to the Lufthansa counter for lodging a claim. The girl at the counter had one look at the baggage tickets and almost jumped out of her seat. “But Ma’am your suitcase is booked to Houston!”, she exclaimed. “And where do you think I am?” retorted Ms. Confidence Personified. “Lady, you are in Dallas!” Dear sis was dumbstruck. All kinds of fears haunted her – what would she do, what would her brothers at Houston think when they found out that she was ‘missing’, and how would she now get to Houston? She just stood mortified. The smart Lufthansa girl was meanwhile busy on her walkietalkie, despite the tick-off she had received a few minutes earlier. Suddenly she had a big grin on her face and the frozen figure before her was shaken for the second time. “Madam, you are lucky, our flight is delayed and you can still board it; please follow me - fast”, she said. The next few minutes were a whirlwind tour of Dallas airport, past bewildered immigration officials, security staff and airline crews…. till she was safely back in her seat, much to the surprise of her fellow passengers. Perhaps she hadn’t had her fill of excitement. Part two came a week later, when she was to fly to San Francisco (SFC). This time it was the printer’s devil at work. She was checked in for San Jose (SJO) and would have landed there – and into big trouble – if she hadn’t eavesdropped on someone else’s conversation regarding the stopover at Denver! She was sure that her flight was to be a non-stop flight to the Golden Gate City. This time, however, her flight had left; though thankfully the next one was only two hours later. Yes, it did not end there. The American journey continued with…a midnight fire in her Amarillo hotel, and the consequent evacuation of guests; the loss of her wallet during a crowded ‘sale’; and a misplaced bag on the return flight…u

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ontreaux, a small town in Switzerland, barely an hour from Geneva, is usually excluded from Swiss touristy spots. A brief visit to this town would certainly make tourists crave for more. Nestled in between the hills and the banks of Lake Geneva, this town has lots to offer. The flower-covered promenade, where one can go on walking and admiring the beautiful sunset, is enthralling. I was highly impressed by the fair amount of recycling that one could see along the promenade, as can be seen in the pictures. This makes one feel that beauty does not have to come at a cost. As we walked by the promenade, we passed by various cafes and restaurants - not to mention a huge casino - where one can unwind in the evenings. One can also reach the famous Castle Chillon easily by foot. This castle was once a prison. Travelling by the Panaromic Express from Montreux one can see the picturesque towns of Gstaad and Sannen, which are often seen in our Bollywood movies. One should visit Montreux during its annual Jazz Festival, which takes place in the summer months - and lasts nearly a fornight. Montreuxs’ amazing beauty and culture will always keep us hungry for more. u Ruchika Makhija


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few days back I came across a young girl, Monika, in a gathering. We did not know each other. The moment she introduced herself, I was simply dumbfounded to realize that she belonged to the same Rao family from Mahendergarh with whom I had spent some very memorable moments about 40 years ago. I was silent for a few minutes. My mind started recollecting the days spent with this joint family at Dulana, a village close to Mahendergarh - sharing meals with the family, sitting close to Amma’s ‘chulla’ waiting for the 'bajra roti' topped with pure home made 'ghee' and brown ‘boora’; gazing at the sand dunes on the pleasant starry nights; scaring away the blue bull Asian antelope called nilgai, at midnight, by fixing a long torch on top of an air gun; and indulging ourselves in a variety of such memorable adventures. Those were amazing days. I found myself looking more closely at Monika. She so resembled her father, Bhai Sujan – the same thin body structure, sparkling bony chin, grey eyes and light and shiny hair. I instantly recalled Alfred Lord Tennyson’s unforgettable lines: “Old order changeth, yielding place to new.” How things change so swiftly; how the elders grow feeble and finally wither away and how the young ones take charge. I often share this thought with my buddy (who happens to be a top officer with the Haryana Police at Gurgaon), that for over four decades we have seen friends and peers preparing themselves

Evolve Like Nature for ‘living’ – and how they have kept on deferring that date. Probably we just move with the flow - when there are happy times we wish those to continue, but when there is suffering we long for things to be otherwise. We unrealistically long for a troubleand suffering-free existence. In the moment of experiencing pain, we also experience an urge to remake our life for the better. We wish that we should not get old and should always remain in control of things. Unfortunately, we have to face grief and suffering. All the manifestations of Nature - plants, trees, sun, moon, mountains, glaciers, flora and fauna - undergo change. In the cosmic world, the heavenly bodies appear to us to be permanent and unchangeable - but even they are changeable. We need to grow, change and evolve just like Nature. If we do not resist change, we will get more energy for life. It is said, and with a fair degree of truth, that change is always for the better. A new teacher in the class brings new ideas; a new player in the team brings his own style, strategy and fervour; and a new singer adds freshness to the world of music. Life is a changing reality. Human life depends on alternate periods of light and darkness. That is why life is a conditioned experience, depending on a change that is supported by unchanging nature. Things in Nature change and yet Nature remains unchanged. The cyclical flow of time brings changes called life and death - and life after death/extinction. The blood in our

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eyond the walls of the 16th century fortress, in northern Italy, the Dolomite range rose burnished and glowing in the late afternoon light. Within the walls, Reinhold Messner, the world’s greatest mountaineer, was building a mountain. At his energetic direction, a backhoe lumbered back and forth in the dusty courtyard, heaving slabs of rock and depositing then in an artful pyramid, which by the end of the exercise had formed a small mountain. “This is Kailas, Holy Mountain,” Reinhold said, while the backhoe filled the air with golden dust. He was relishing the whole scene - not just the satisfaction of seeing Tibet’s most holy mountain assembled in miniature under his supervision, but also the roar, rumble, chaos and the magnificent improbability of the undertaking. The Kailas installation is only one of the many features, fanciful and inspired, which will fill his latest Messner Mountain Museum - this one dedicated to the theme of “When Men Meet Mountains”. To non-climbers it may be difficult to convey the extent and grandeur of Reinhold Messer’s accomplishments. Here’s a start: his ascent, with longtime partner Peter Habeler, of Hidden Peak, the 26,470-feet (8,068 meters) summit of Gasherbrum I, one of the giants of the Himalayas, without any of the paraphernalia of high-attitude climbing porters, camps, fixed ropes and oxygen, was hailed as a whole new standard

We all very easily forget that Homo sapiens have evolved from living – for a considerable time - in savannahs, in the initial days of evolution. In other words, we deal with our fast and furious world with a brain that has been fitted for the much slower pace of a hunter-gatherer’s life - best suited for savouring ‘bajra roti’ in the slow and sleepy town of Mahendergarh!

bodies keeps circulating, and we die when it stops. This circulation also sets the rhythm of natural life - its balance and harmony. Moreover, the Earth’s metabolism is similar to ours - the Sun rises and goes down at the end of the day, following the rotation of the Earth on itself. Nature endlessly fascinates me because it is the living book on the evolution of Life. I still dream of dry cold sand touching my feet (from nights at Mahendergarh), white sandy beaches

of mountain caring. But that was back in 1975, before Messner and Habeler went on to climb Mount Everest without oxygen. That was in May of 1978, three months before Messner climbed Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain, solo - a feat heralded as one of the most daring in mountaineering. That, however, was two years before he climbed Mount Everest – alone - without oxygen and equipped with a single small rucksack. Climbers speak of a Mountain’s “Line” - the route up its face that unlocks the summit. The line of Reinhold Messner’s life, the line that unlocks and defines him, is unquestionably the 1970 Austro-German Sigi Low Memorial Expedition to Nanga Parbat. Rising in northern Pakistan, Nanga Parbat is one of the world’s ‘eight-thousanders’. Among the 14 mountains standing above 8,000 meters, at 8,126 meters (26,660 feet) Nanga Parbat has the ninth highest peak in the world. Following numerous unsuccessful, sometimes fatal, expeditions, the Mountain was first summited in 1953 by the great Austrian climber Hermann Buhl. “In my time, the most technically demanding climb was surely, at least in the German-speaking world, the south face of Nanga Parbat - the Rupal Face,” said Reinhold. Even the Victorious Buhl, who had climbed by way of the north side, had been intimidated by this massive wall, which he described with palpable amazement as “the highest mountain wall in the world, plunging 17,000 feet in one sheer sweep from the summit into the unplumbed depths.” u Maj. (Retd.) NK Gadeock, M.R.I.S. 46

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under palm trees (from sojourns to Goa and Kovalam) or white hill slopes in winter (from treks in the Shivalik Mountains). But it is unfortunate that, in the present atmosphere, I cannot find enough time to experience a direct contact with our natural environment. We all very easily forget that Homo sapiens have evolved from living – for a considerable time - in savannahs, in the initial days of evolution. In other words, we deal with our fast and furious world with a brain that has been fitted for the much slower pace of a hunter-gatherer’s life - best suited for savouring ‘bajra roti’ in the slow and sleepy town of Mahendergarh! The result is often stress and lost happiness. The challenge today is to find the time to escape our straitjacketed schedule and to truly reconnect with our natural environment - our original source. We do need Nature, to thrive. I still spend some time on my own, hidden somewhere underneath a tree, close to flowers and creepers, especially when I feel sad. I can feel the gentle soothing from Nature around me, and the tree seems to hug me. After a while I feel better and happy, ready to carry on life with a fresh perspective. We may not see the healing power of Nature, but we certainly can feel it. Nature can soothe our anxieties, because it encompasses the environment that we come from and the cyclic flow into which we all are bound to merge.u Dr. Rajesh Bhola is President of Spastic Society of Gurgaon and is working for the cause of children with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities for more than 20 years

Bless My Son Let joy & laughter chase my son Good luck & good fortune follow him Wisdom & discernment be his guide Hope, faith & strength abide in him Divine truth speak his mind, soft & kind Patience & tolerance be his friends May Angels give him strength to fend Be fearless & indomitable Overcome every obstacle Keep him safe from harm Hold his hand through fair or foul Clear his thinking when in doubt Keep him steadfast in his soul Be magnificent in his role Steer his boat through life’s stream His life be like a happy dream Give him the sacred magic wand To transform the lives that him surround. Shobha Lidder Writer Journalist, Teacher Trainer, Social Activist, Reiki Master & Pranic Healer


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A Convivial Dip

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he rest of the breakfast crowd at the Bluewater Café this chilly Sunday morning in Sydney are puzzling over the boisterousness of those at the trestle tables at the back. A clue to the wide grins is the wet hair, the salty tang and the shivering: these are members of the Bold and the Beautiful and have just completed a 1.5-kilometre dawn swim in numbingly cold water – from Manly Beach to Shelly Beach and back. The Club started in 2008, when a few friends, anxious at the prospect of being alone in the Pacific Ocean, prevailed on experienced swimming instructor Julie Isbill to shepherd them on an early morning dip. Over 3,000 people have since filled out the B&B pack. Three have been on enough swims to clock up 1,000 kilometres. There are newbies almost every day for the 7.00 am start outside Manly Surf Lifesaving Club. “It’s just stayed exactly as it was the day it started,” said Jenny Menzies. Beyond registering and having your photo taken for the B&B album, there are no other formalities. There is no cost, no timing, no results, no starting gun. There are no rules about wetsuits, snorkels, flippers or whether you take a direct line or wander. There is now a tradition of breakfasting

Sydney amateur swimmers Kari Baynes and Lindy Woodrow, before a swim through the ocean with the Bold and the Beautiful swim group.

Swimmers enter the ocean in their bathing costumes at Manly Beach, Sydney.

together afterwards. Some, like Ian Forster, turn up most days. Indeed, Forster has swum every single day this southern hemisphere winter – 92 consecutive days, and without a wetsuit too. “Every day is different,” said Menzies. “You see a different fish or a different weed; or the sand will be shaped slightly differently. I’ve never tired of doing it. I’ll swim until the day I die.” Mortality is on the minds of some swimmers. Kari Baynes, a first-timer in August, swam with pool-swimming chum Lindy

Woodrow, a veteran of lots of competitive ocean swims. “I’ve a fear of sharks and surf,” Baynes admitted. “I thought that if I do it with an experienced group, with a large number of people, I’d feel much safer. I like the fact that I felt people around me all the time.” Sharks are spotted off all Sydney beaches. Some beaches have shark nets to deter attacks. The crossing to Shelley Beach is unprotected; but while there are frequent sightings of really big fish, there have been no incidents.

Bold and Beautiful badges awarded for the tough swim through the Pacific Ocean.

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In winter the ocean is calmer. Manly is a surfing beach and there can be big surf, big waves, currents and rips. “You don’t want to be swimming off the coast of Sydney on your own,” Woodrow said. Baynes, who plans to go on to competitive ocean swimming, was delighted to be in what some have said is Sydney’s premiere nursery for ocean swimmers. “That’s how it felt: in a nursery,” she said. “I don’t mind looking at a bit of sea life, but not the sea life with the big teeth. I swam close to people. My theory is to be in the middle. “Navigating the surf, the waves, that’s going to be my next challenge.” Menzies was brought up on Sydney’s northern beaches. The ocean does not scare her. What gets her out of bed for the B&B swims is the camaraderie. “You get up, you get down there and you know you’re going to see a friendly face,” she said. “It makes you feel good to be alive! There’s something about it that gets into every cell of your body. You can be exhausted, but when you come out you feel fantastic.” There is a swim every day of the year. Some can be really memorable. One Tuesday in July last year the group of 48, who braved the cold and the rain, got to swim with a 15-metre whale. The gentle giant was so inquisitive that some swimmers could hear it breathe, even touch it! u

{ Marion van der Kraats/ Teltow, Germany/ DPA }

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f you wear a bow-tie, you’re going to stand out. Juergen Stange knows this - and greatly enjoys it. “Those wearing bow-ties are individualists. You’re making a statement,” says the 70-year-old, and cites any number of prominent wearers. Winston Churchill, for example. Stange has about 70 bow ties in his wardrobe. He put on a regular tie only when going to a funeral will. Back in the 1960s he wore turtlenecks and never would have dreamed that he would be wearing a bow tie some day. For the past 40 years he has been making - sewing them by hand - his silk ties. The silk often is woven according to his own design by a producer in Como, Italy – the same way his father did after setting up the company in Berlin. He is one of the last bow-tie makers in the business in Germany. Once there were six producers of ties and bow ties just in Berlin alone. The clothing market has changed drastically, Stange notes, with cheap products from Asian factories leaving

little chance for the handmade products. “About 90 per cent of all ties now come from Asia,” he says. Whereas these can be bought for a few euros, his hand-made ties and bowties cost 49 euros. “The classic men’s haberdasher has to come up with something new,” says the Managing Director of the Berlin-Brandenburg Trade Association. Stange is trying to use modern methods to survive. Four years ago he went German tie manufacturer Juergen Stange holds up one of online, and the Internet has the ties his company makes. become an indispensable pillar for his Company. “I never would have dreamed that it would work so well,” he said, noting that at least 35 per cent of his total business these days is conducted on the Internet. “The Internet is accelerating the process of global standardization. But at the same time, it is so broadly based that there’s always room for niche producers,” says the Deputy Director for labour market policy at A current bow-tie from Germany’s IZA. Stange company. Stange, in his online presentation,

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Hand-made Bow Ties, Anyone? personally appears in a video showing how to tie a bow tie. He detests the ready-to-wear bow ties. “Nobody would buy even a regular tie that’s already been knotted,” Stange argues. You will look in vain for his products at retailers. “We aren’t found in any department store,” Stange says. Only a few men’s clothiers are selling his hand- and tailor-made ties. About 70 per cent of his production is in bow-ties. The product range also includes vests, cumberbunds, regular ties and silk handkerchiefs and scarves, in 1,200 different colours and designs. Stange puts his company’s turnover at 1.5 million euros (2 million dollars) annually. BIBB expert Christiane Reuter, a textile engineer, sees opportunity for niche products and producers. “Many people want to be unique, and so they are also prepared to spend money to that end,” she says. This means that trades in danger of becoming extinct might still profit - trades such as stove-makers, horseshoe smiths, saddlers or stablehands. u


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Finnmark’s Rugged Charm { Kathrin Dorscheid/ Kirkenes, Norway/ DPA }

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The MS Polarlys, operated by Norway’s Hurtigruten Line, in the port of Kirkenes, the northernmost port on the Norwegian coast.

A rainbow over Vardo, the easternmost town of Norway.

Kate Utsi is employed by the tourist office on the Varanger peninsula in the far north of Norway. At the weekend she tends to her own raindeer herd.

tri-border area. If you do, you should make enough noise to keep the bears at a distance, and carry plenty of mosquito repellent. Instead of a hike, we decided to take an evening boat tour on the Pasvikelva River, which forms part of the NorwayRussia border. The boat glided in the twilight over silvery, shimmering water. At 9 p.m. it was as dark as it would get. Though there is no midnight sun in early August, the sun dips below the horizon only briefly. Yellow buoys in the stream’s middle mark the border, which has not lost its importance post the Cold War. We stopped for

This road forms part of a new tourist route along the Varanger peninsula in the far north of Norway.

a while on an islet, where two boundary markers stand on a hill: one on Norwegian territory, the other on Russian, separated by two metres of no-man’sland. So much as sticking an arm too far into Russia, spells trouble with the border guards in watchtowers along the river. An unauthorized border crossing costs 5,000 Norwegian kroner (about 824 dollars) in fines. The following day we boarded the MS Polarlys, on the iconic Hurtigruten (“Express Route”)

The Norwegian-Russian border. The yellow post is in Norway, the red-and-green one in Russia.

A puffin on the Varanger peninsula in the far north of Norway.

passenger and freight ferry line between Kirkenes and Bergen, Norway. We crossed the Varangerfjord and sailed out onto the Barents Sea, which remains ice-free even in bitterly cold winters, thanks to the warming Gulf Stream. The sky clouded up and the wind whipped the rain across the deck. Now and then the sun burst out dramatically from between the clouds. When we entered the harbour of Vardo, on the coast of the Varanger Peninsula, a rainbow glowed against the inky sky and the sun lit up the town’s scattered red, blue and yellow wooden houses. Vardo, north of the Arctic

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igns in the small mining town of Kirkenes, in the county of Finnmark at Norway’s north-eastern edge, are written in both Norwegian and Russian. Russia lies less than 15 kilometres away, and the area was jointly occupied by Norway and Russia until the border was set in 1826. Finnish and Sami are also spoken here. Finland is only 50 kilometres hence, and the indigenous Sami people arrived before everyone else. As soon as we had landed on tiny Kirkenes Airport’s single runway, we felt as if we were, if not at Earth’s end, then close to it. The air was crisp and salty, the sky grey. A solitary road wound over verdant hills, past lakes, rivers and fjords to Kirkenes. It was quiet. At the same latitude as Siberia, Greenland and Alaska, Finnmark is Norway’s largest and most sparsely populated county. The lakes outnumber the inhabitants here, they say, and when you go to a lake in summer to fish and find someone already sitting there, you simply move on to the next one. From Kirkenes we headed, on a road we had to ourselves, to the valley Pasvikdalen and Ovre Pasvik National Park, beloved by hikers. In summer and autumn, brown bears in the park fatten up for winter by gorging daily on up to 90 kilograms of blueberries. The Park, which is the westernmost offshoot of the Siberian taiga, is home to oldgrowth trees that have stood for as long as 500 years. Nowhere else in Europe can you see such strongly eastern flora and fauna, including slender Siberian spruce – and, with a little luck, bears, elk and lynx. You can hike through the Park to the Finnish border or

A Sami woman in traditional colours with a reindeer. The Sami are often known as Laps or Laplanders - terms many Sami regard as pejorative.

tree line, is the only town in Norway situated in the polar climate zone. Even in July, the daily mean temperature is below 10 degrees Celsius. Vardo is also Norway’s easternmost town, lying further east than St Petersburg, Russia. Gentle meadows, sand dunes and scrub alternate with jagged cliffs and scree along the coast. One of Vardo’s residents is Kate Utsi, a proud, 34-yearold Sami with brown hair and freckles. She works for the tourism centre on the Varanger Peninsula and tends to her reindeer herd during her free time. Utsi’s family has herded reindeer for generations, and she recently took up the tradition herself. Her mother is also a sleddog racer in winter. The Sami, a people often known as Laps or Laplanders - terms many Sami regard as pejorative are thought to have settled as hunter-gatherers in what is now Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia as far back as 10,000 years ago. They speak a Finno-Ugric language. In the 17th century they began semi-nomadic reindeer herding, a livelihood legally reserved for them in modern-day Norway. The Varanger Peninsula is a mecca for bird-watchers. During the spring and fall migration periods, some bird species—that normally can be seen only in the Arctic or a zoo, for example Arctic ducks, sea eagles and puffins—stop over. Utsi, who loves showing strangers her remote homeland’s beauty, offers bird-watching tours as part of her programme. As for herself, migration is out of the question. “I went to university and spent a lot of time in Italy and India, but was terribly homesick,” she said. “I missed everything: the air, the colours, the vastness... nature. That was when I realized that here is where I belong and want to live.” u


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